Is Rockabilly Dead?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by montereyjack66, May 5, 2012.

  1. Walkin Stiff

    Walkin Stiff Gretschie

    Apr 16, 2013
  2. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Well said my friend.;)
  3. LUCKY13

    LUCKY13 Gretschie

    Apr 30, 2012
    Guess its our mission to keep it alive... ROCKABILLY will never die!
  4. Rockabillybob

    Rockabillybob Country Gent

    Well said. As long as there are people like Darrel Higham, Paul Pigat, Brian Setzer and the rest of us, who play a little, or a lot of rockabilly music out in public, it never dies. Setzer has a new album coming and rumor is, it can be classified "rockabilly." The recordings of Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, The Stray Cats and hundreds more, live on. They are discovered by new generations and the rock rolls on.
  5. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    I am Rockabilly, I am an Army of One.. hoorah!!

    ..okay really I'm more like Atomic Ranch o' Bakersfield surf'a'billy w/ a western swing martini olive.
  6. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    .....with pinstripes thankUverymuch!!!!
  7. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
  8. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Chess records is where I live
  9. polishbroadcast

    polishbroadcast Synchromatic

    Jun 23, 2010
    This is pretty much my exact thoughts. Rockabilly is just like LARP except they don't take the costumes off. That isn't a jab. All rock and roll is role-play to different extents. You could also extend it to social / work life too but it is beyond the bounds of this discussion. "We all wear masks." :)

    As for the music, any music genre is like language: as long as someone is still speaking it, it isn't dead.
  10. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Frank zappa used to say his music will never be mainstream because there is no way to dress for it. All musicians look out of place at times. Youve seen it a parent teacher meatings. When the rocker mom and dad walk in. All I can say is wear it with pride
  11. spikeskug

    spikeskug Gretschie

    Jul 23, 2009
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Personally with any genre I don't believe it is truly dead as long as there is at least one band out there who plays that style of music (who aren't doing it for the look lol). :)
  12. Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan Gretschie

    Oct 14, 2012
    Coggeshall England
    I have only got into Rockabilly in the last 8 years or so, although I have always enjoyed 50's music. Anyone wanting to ignite or re-ignite their passion for the genre should have a look at the Twinwood festival which is held over 3 or 4 days in August every year. There is a rockabilly stage at the festival which is always packed with dancers.

    The festival covers other types of 50's style music as well and is always a sell out every year. One visit to the festival will help you to see that it is far from dead. It is always a sell out, I have been for the past 4 years.

    Almost every guitarist at the festival plays a Gretsch of some description. Are there any other forum members that go to this festival?

    Imelda May has also brought a modern slant to the music, even my kids listen to her.

  13. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    do note.. I dont wear a damn costume, its not something that I decide to change into and out of. I wear dickies because they are affordable and they fit off the rack. I go to the barber every 3 weeks and get my hair neatly cut..
    there are no grey lines, no androgyny of hipster skinny jeans and v-neck tshirts and man-bag purses with bad grooming.

    My Dad dressed classic as working man and musician, I dress like this.. its a uniform of no nonsense, clean living.

  14. chicago slim

    chicago slim Synchromatic

    Dec 27, 2008
    Bowling Green, KY
    Good to hear from you Darrel.

    I've played in all kinds of bands, and taught all kinds of music. I've written and recorded with artists from different genre's. No matter what I play, the only complement I ever hear is, "He's a really good rockabilly player." It tends to come out, no matter what I try to play. So for me, rockabilly will never die. It's where my heart and soul is, no matter what's popular.
  15. Wulfgang

    Wulfgang Synchromatic

    May 22, 2009
    Seattle WA./Omaha NE
    Dead or undead? I have seen an influx of crossover gothabilly bands this past summer while out doing a few gigs in the south.. if anything it's evolving.
  16. BerlinSunn

    BerlinSunn Gretschie

    May 17, 2012
    Newport, South Wales
    Yep I think it's dead and has been for a long time. I think that Stray Cats knew it when they did it, there's an element of pretense in there and there had been since morphed from a rebellion to a mainstream thing.

    That isn't to say that it's bad - I love a lot of different rockabilly stuff, and if it sounds good then it sounds good, but it is a rehash (a conscious one) of an old sound for a nostalgic sake. I've found anyway.

    I see it just like smashing a guitar on stage - yeah it might be fun to do for some people, and you might get a bit of a thrill, but at the end of it, if you take yourself seriously whilst doing it you look like a pillock. It was shocking and cool when The Who did it to make a point, but half a century later it just isn't.

    The music might sound nice and be fun, and you might like the fashion - but the point of Rockabilly is dead, and that's why now, the music will always be.
  17. MyBootsOnFire

    MyBootsOnFire Gretschie

    Dec 16, 2011
    Gothabilly's been around a while. My band's been playing it for eight years and we weren't exactly on the cutting edge of it. Lux Interior coined the term back in the 70s. It is spreading more and more, but it's definitely not new.

    Maybe rockabilly's not dead and i'm just burned out on it. I've found myself listening to more and more bluegrass, and that's not exactly a new style of music.
  18. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    Sandy Eggo
    this should put a boot to the head that its simply roots rock music that has always been the undercurrent despite all the dead fish, used needles and general rot that is washing up on the shores in the form of hipster these days.

    Imelda May and Darrel Higham both heralded by rock legend Jeff Beck, are the proof of both class, style and substance moving ahead bringing the past along with it. With a polite Irish middle finger in your face to remind you that talent is hard work, skill and grace.
  19. Walkin Stiff

    Walkin Stiff Gretschie

    Apr 16, 2013
    If rockabilly is dead, how come I keep getting booked and payed to play it? There is a whole subculture of it at the car shows, tat conventions, etc, etc. It's alive and well for me my friends.
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